It's official. Bill Belichick has abandoned the defense in this draft.
With the 159th pick, the Patriots selected Lee Smith, a tight end from Marshall.
Yes, a tight end.
One who ran a 4.99 and was rated the 10th-best tight end and 215th-best player overall by NFL Draft Scout.
With defenders like Mark Herzlich, Brandon Blair, Chris Carter and Lawrence Guy on the board, this pick makes no sense considering the depth the Patriots have with Gronkowski and Hernandez.